Stunning facts have emerged on the ownership of the seized private jet which was said to have ferried a whopping $9.3m cash into the South African territory in anticipation for fire arms purchase yesterday with 2 Nigerians and an Israeli citizen as occupants.
According to investigations conducted by this office, the private jet which flew into South Africa via Lanseria airport, northwest of Johannesburg, on Sept. 5 with the illegal cash belongs to Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, the head of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN). The man of God, Oritsejafor is a close friend and confidant of President Goodluck Jonathan.
The CAN leader’s private plane with US registration number N808HG was one of the two jets cited by South African officials on September 5 arriving with $9.3 million cash loaded in several suitcases. News of the seizure of the cash broke over the weekend, triggering questions about the ownership of the jets and weapons they intended to purchase.
Nigerian aviation authorities disclosed that one of the jets belonged to Pastor Oritsejafor while the second one was registered to Felix Idiga, the owner of Jafac Aviation Limited.
Two Nigerians and an Israeli defense contractor, Eyal Mesiaka arrived in the jet when they were accosted in South Africa by the authorities. A South African source disclosed that Mr. Oritsejafor’s jet was released after top Nigerian officials intervened, claiming that the weapons to be purchased had the official blessing of the Nigerian government. The jet arrived with two plastic suitcases and two hand luggages with combination locks only known to the Isreali contractor.